What I Learned From Rehearsing Musicals

Ken AshfordTheatreLeave a Comment

Selections from Ken Levine’s HuffPo post today: The director must encourage everyone to share ideas. He must then discard 80% of them… You need six weeks to rehearse a musical. But if you have six weeks, you’ll need eight. If the choreographer had her way, seven of the eight hours of rehearsal everyday would be devoted to the dance numbers. … Read More


Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

I saw my first gas station with over $4.00 for a gallon of gas. It was $3.99 yesterday.  Today it was $4.05. What’s particularly disconcerting is that five years from now, I will probably be amazed that gas prices were once as low as $4.00. UPDATE:  Discovered this today….

Comment Of The Day

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

HuffPo’s Chris Kelly, on the subject of the American Family Association’s recent boycott of McDonald’s for that resturant chain’s donation of $20,000 to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: It feels a little like the American Family Association was looking for someone to boycott and it was just McDonald’s’ turn. They’ve already boycotted Sears, Kohl’s, Kmart, Target, Old … Read More

Better Conservative Columnists, Please

Ken AshfordElection 2008, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Jonah Goldberg starts his column in today’s L.A. Times this way: Forced servitude in America? The U.S. already has high rates of volunteerism, but that’s apparently not good enough for our presidential candidates. There’s a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the stain of racism from the nation, vows to … Read More

Jesse’s Grill

Ken AshfordIn Passing, Race, RepublicansLeave a Comment

You might wonder why I havent opined on the passing of Jesse Helms and his bigoted foul legacy. It’s because I was taught not to speak ill of the dead. Besides, we all know he’s in hell. UPDATE:  But here’s a column from David Broder written in 2001 (when Helms was still alive), which pretty much sums it up with … Read More

McCain = Bush

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Interesting happenings yesterday at a public McCain rally. Carole Kreck, a 61 year librarian was waiting in line at the Denver Center for Performing Arts to attend the John McCain town hall meeting. She held a sign that said "McCain = Bush." McCain’s security detail told her to leave. The police were called. They issued her a ticket for trespassing … Read More

War Powers

Ken AshfordCongress, Constitution, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

I know the Constitution is, in places, ambiguous, but this language seems pretty straightforward: The Congress shall have power… to declare war… That’s Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution.  It’s the "War Powers Clause". The dirty little secret is that Congress, in all its history, has only declared war five times: the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), … Read More

I’m No Economist, But….

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Election 2008, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

….this makes no sense to me.  From Mike Allen’s piece just out in The Politico … The McCain administration would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit. Since all their costs were financed with deficit spending, all their savings must go to deficit reduction. What does … Read More

Convention Fight

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Two months ago, Democrats were wringing their hands about the possibility of a party-rending convention battle between the Hillary minions and the Barack minions, with the superdelegates caought in the middle. Remeber that?  Ahhhhh, good times. But according to today’s Washington Post, the convention battle might be on the GOP side: Conservative activists are preparing to do battle with allies … Read More

How It All Started: A Reminder

Ken AshfordHistoryLeave a Comment

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and … Read More

Bush’s Wiretapping: Now 0-For-3 With The Courts

Ken AshfordWiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

Greenwald: A Bush-41-appointed Federal District Judge yesterday became the third judge — out of three who have ruled on the issue — to reject the Bush administration’s claim that Article II entitles the President to override or ignore the provisions of FISA. Yesterday’s decision by Judge Vaughn Walker of the Northern District of California also guts the central claims for … Read More

Hurricane Season

Ken AshfordDisastersLeave a Comment

Not for nothing, but it seems to me that if you name a hurricane "Bertha", you’re just asking for trouble. Tropical Storm Bertha gathers steam in Atlantic

More Nauseating Food

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Introducing the bacon cheeseburger…. … with a sliced Krispy Kreme donut serving as the bun. Yes, this is a cultish delicacy.  It’s known as the Luther Burger, named (perhaps apocraphly) after Luther Vandross, who supposedly loved them or possibly invented them. Wretched excess, yes?